Help Wanted

The Women’s Center is currently hiring Part-time Residential Counselors to provide support and advocacy services to women and children who reside at Elizabeth House, the domestic violence residential facility, and to ensure the safety and security of Elizabeth House staff and residents. Available shifts are weekends: Saturday & Sunday12:00 midnight – 8:00 a.m.Sunday8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please see the complete job description posted on the “Career Opportunities” page of our website here, then send your resume and cover letter to our Director of Administration & Human Resources at or (203) 731-5207 (fax). And please feel free to share this opportunity with your networks!

Plant Science Day

by Vickie Marie Bomba-Lewandoski, M.S.
Information Officer, State of Connecticut
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station


Date:                      Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Time:                      Gates open at 9:30 a.m.
Program begins at 10:00 a.m.
Event 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where:                  Lockwood Farm
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
890 Evergreen Avenue
Hamden, CT  06518

Hamden, CT–The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) invites you to attend its open house, Plant Science Day 2017.  The annual event, held at Lockwood Farm, the Station’s 75-acre research farm located in Hamden, Connecticut, is a day of scientific inquiry and discovery, featuring updates on the Station’s research advances in agriculture, food safety, the environment, including forestry, and public health.  Plant Science Day is free, open to the public, and takes place rain or shine.  Among the day’s highlights are the Century Farm Award and the Samuel W. Johnson Memorial Lecture.  This year’s Century Farm Award, presented to a farm that has been in family operation for more than 100 years, will go to Kasheta Farms in South Windsor, Connecticut.  The Memorial Lecture, named for Dr. Samuel Johnson, director of the Station from 1877 to 1900, was established as a forum focusing on current issues of concern to Connecticut residents and beyond.  This year’s lecture, “Building a Sustainable Future in an Age of Uncertainty,” will be presented by Mr. Rob Klee, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.  Oral presentations by CAES scientists will include “Gypsy Moth Outbreaks in Connecticut: Past, Present, and Future,” “Bees and the Neonicotinoid Controversy,” and “Growing Grapes in Connecticut’s Ever-Changing Climate .”  Additional highlights of Plant Science Day 2017 include two technical demonstrations, “Pruning Basics” and “Household Pest Control,” and poster displays featuring several of the Station’s current research programs.  Plant Science Day offers many opportunities for attendees to engage in informal discussions with CAES scientists on a variety of scientific topics.  Attendees can also visit 92 field plots and exhibits, participate in riding tours, and activities for children, including the ever-popular “Passport for Kids” program.  As always, the Station’s experts will be available to diagnose plant diseases, identify plants, insects, and weeds, and collect soil samples for testing.

for more information, call new haven (203) 974-8500, toll free statewide (877) 855-2237, web site: or


On July 12 a Maple Road resident called to report her neighbors goats are in her yard eating the flowers.

It is not the first time there have been issues with the animals from 269 Maple Road on the neighbor’s property eating grass and defecating. Animal owner Dr. Sherif Lawendy has been advised on many occasions to secure his livestock with fencing, to this date it has not been done.

The Goats were taken to Easton Animal Control Shelter. ACO has made several attempts to communicate with Dr. Lawendy about redeeming the goats and the costs adding up every day they are at the shelter.

On 7/19/2017, Dr. Lawendy was issued an infraction for two counts of Failure to redeem impounded an animal after 120 hours, and two counts of Recklessly releasing a domestic animal that causes damage to real property in excess of $100.00.

As of 7/21/2017, Sherif Lawendy had not redeemed his goats.

These are not the actual offending goats

Summer Reading Finale

Easton Public Library’s Summer Reading program closes the third week in August with the Teen End-of-Summer Ice Cream Party and Dancin’ With Hoops for the younger ones.

On Thursday, August 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., all teens (Grades 6-12) are invited to the End-of-Summer Ice Cream Party, where they can make their own sundaes, claim their reading raffle prizes, and play games with their friends.

Dancin’ With Hoops is the Summer Reading Finale for kids of all ages. Judi Ann Jones will present her musically fueled interactive Hoop Dancing Program, which is designed to inspire and ignite creative movement, dance, physical expression, play, and laughter. Custom hoops will be available for use. All are welcome to participate.

To register for these programs, please use the Library’s Online Event Calendar, or contact Mary Beth Rassulo at 203-261-0134, or via email at

Connecticut Author Cynthia Parzych

Local author Cynthia Parzych will be at Easton Public Library on Tuesday, August 8that 7:00 p.m. to discuss her book, Connecticut Made: Homegrown products by Local Craftsmen, Artisans, and Purveyors.  She hopes to inspire people to take their own road trips to discover local businesses and to support them by buying their products, as well as engage with the people they meet on their way. On her own journey, she found hundreds of crafts and things to buy, including ceramics/pottery, clothing/accessories, furnishings/furniture, glassware, home décor, jewelry, specialty foods, toys/games, and more. She highlights many places in Connecticut where you can shop and/or tour the factories, discovering local history along the way.

Born and educated in Connecticut, Cynthia Parzych is a writer, book publisher, editor, and professional chef. She lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where she runs her publishing company and a food business using locally sourced produce as well as produce that is grown on her property. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required. To register, please use the Library’s Online Event Calendar, or contact Lynn Zaffino at 203-261-0134, or via email at

Local Students Perform in Legally Blonde

Broadway Method Academy, Fairfield County’s premier musical theater training program, announced that Broadway actors, Julius Anthony Rubio & Allysa Shorte will stage their summer production of the hit blockbuster musical, Legally Blonde.

“We are thrilled to welcome Julius and Allysa to Fairfield and BMA this summer. Our students are getting to experience a true professional Broadway creative process. The bar has been set exceptionally high, and we know our incredibly talented young actors will far exceed our expectations,” said Executive Producer Connor Deane. “Audiences will surely be blown away by this one. We cannot wait to bring this musical to the greater Fairfield community.”

Joining Julius Anthony Rubio (Finding Neverland, On Your Feet) and Allysa Shorte (After Midnight, Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical), will be J. Scott Handley (Musical Direction), and Colleen McCurely (Associate Choreographer) performances will run July 29 – 30 at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts.  Four performances will include two original versions and 2 Legally Blonde Junior versions.

Kevin Keating, Emily Seanor and Genevieve Seanor of Easton, along with Jack Stone of Redding will be performing in the junior version of Legally Blonde.  Keating will play Callahan and Stone will play Warner.  Emily Seanor will be playing Leilani and Genevieve Seanor will be playing the store manager.  Both Keating and Stone will also be performing in the original version of Legally Blonde.

The production will feature scenic design by Ryan Howell, lighting design by Weston G. Wetzel, wig design by Kelly Yurko of CCM, and costume design by Colleen Fitzsimons. Connor Deane serves as executive producer/associate director and Colleen McCurley as associate choreographer.

Based on the hit movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, press notes state, is a “fresh and effervescent evening of musical fun, stylishly wrapped up in a smart pink bow! Elle Woods is the college sweetheart and homecoming queen who doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone ‘serious’, Elle puts down the credit cards, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.” The musical features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach.

Tickets for BMA’s productions of Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde Junior are on-sale now. For more information, call 203-675-3526 or visit